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Holiday Planning Guide 2019: Pasadena Civic Auditorium Shines with Family-Friendly Productions

Season of fun with Lythgoe Family Panto’s A Snow White Christmas and Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

This holiday season, Pasadena will be merry and bright as two family-friendly productions take stage at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Lythgoe Family Panto’s A Snow White Christmas and Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker.

Historic Pasadena Civic Auditorium Continues to Sparkle

Built in 1932, the celebrated Pasadena Civic Auditorium has been a treasure of the Los Angeles arts and culture scene for over 85 years and welcomed millions of patrons across Southern California. The historic venue continues to sparkle hosting live performances, major television productions, cultural concerts, graduations and corporate events.

Recently, the Pasadena Civic Auditorium has hosted America’s Got Talent: Season 14; America’s Got Talent: The Champions; the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards; Red Velvet (K-pop), Stray Kids (K-pop), An Evening with Eckhart Tolle and Marianne Williamson, Johnny Mathis, Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, and Bill Burr.

Lythgoe Family Panto’s A Snow White Christmas

Lythgoe Family Panto returns to the historic Pasadena Civic Auditorium with their 10-year anniversary production of A Snow White Christmas, December 13-22, 2019. This is the third year in a row the production company will showcase a family-friendly musical at the venue. Last December, Lythgoe Family Panto produced The Wonderful Winter of Oz, featuring some of Hollywood’s most recognized actors.

Presented in association with the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and Lythgoe Family Panto, A Snow White Christmas follows Princess Snow White (Olivia Sanabia, Disney Channel’s Coop & Cami Ask the World, Amazon’s original series Just Add Magic) who joins forces with the Seven Dwarfs to defeat her wicked aunt, the Queen (Destiny’s Child’s Michelle Williams, Grammy Award winning recording artist and actress).

A Snow White Christmas also stars Jared Gertner (Broadway’s The Book of Mormon) as Muddles, Michael Campion (Fuller House) as Prince Harry, Garrett Clayton (Teen Beach Movie, Teen Beach 2, Hairspray Live!) as The Huntsman, and Tony Award Winner Neil Patrick Harris as The On Screen Magic Mirror.

Known for their creativity and involvement in television hits “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” the Lythgoes are dedicated to bringing affordable theatre to families across America. Based on the Grimm fairy tales and others, each story has been modernized with topical scripts for parents and well-known pop songs for kids. The Lythgoes pride themselves on creating a memorable experience a family can share together.

The production will be directed by Bonnie Lythgoe and choreographed by Emmy Award winners Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo (NappyTabs), with book by Kris Lythgoe. The production has music supervision, arrangements, and musical direction by Michael Orland. Casting is by executive producer Becky Lythgoe and Andrew Lynford, CSA.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

This Christmas season give your family the gift of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on December 4, 2019. Step into a simpler time filled with sweet dreams and Christmas magic. With world-class artists, over 200 dazzling costumes, stunning sets, towering puppets and soaring birds, don’t miss your chance to ring in the holidays with this acclaimed Christmas extravaganza. Celebrate this cherished holiday tradition and relive the dream with Tchaikovsky’s timeless score.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is a Christmas story and a folk tale. It is appropriate for all ages. The performance features 36 Russian dancers performing amazing dance moves. There are life-sized Russian Nesting Dolls, a 15 ft tall Rat King with red blinking eyes, falling snow and more effects. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker features a 2 person Dove of Peace with a 20 foot wingspan opening Act II in the Land of Peace and Harmony, exclusive to Moscow Ballet. New York Times raves, “Hot ticket!” and Los Angeles Times says, “Bravura Expertise!”

For more information about the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and to purchase tickets to A Snow White Christmas or Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, visit pasadenacivic.visitpasadena.com.

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